Hypoestes triflora

Scientific Name:Hypoestes triflora  
Vernacular Name:Magaru
Family name :Magaru
Geographic Distribution:Galleryforest,mountain forest, clearing in forest, 1400–3400 m

Botanical Description

Hypoestes triflora is a creeping or scambling herb, usually perennial, with stem up to 3 m long, often rooting at the lower nods. Leaves  ovate, elliptic or lanceolate, 1.5 -14 cm long, one leaf in an opposite pair larger than the other, margin, crenate-serrate or almost entire, petiole 0.7-6 cm long. Inflorescences terminal and axillary clusters 1-4 flowered, sometimes together forming verticils at the end of the stem. Bracts leaf like, ovate to oblanceolate. Corolla lipped, white to mauve with  dark purple markings.

Medicinal Use

It has an antianemic, haematic and hepathoprotective potential.It acts as merculochrome on wound; it cures also the constipation of babies, the stomachache. Hypoestes triflora leaves in comination with Clerodendron capitatum and Solanum aculeastrum are used to lower the blood pressure and alleviate the effects of hypertension. Furthermore, Hypoestes triflora leaves maceration along Asparagus racemosus, Clerodendrum spp Girardinia diversifolia and Vernonia adoensis, are used in the treatment of skin diseases, mental diseases and cirhosis (Mitali Emmanuel, Rutsiro district)

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